ok, ok, it’s not all work out here

Magellan and his dad ... er, mom for the night, kind of had matching outfits
Magellan and his dad ... er, mom for the night, kind of had matching outfits
Felony and Joe, whose high heels put him at a whole new altitude
Felony and Joe, whose high heels put him at a whole new altitude

Thursday night was ladies’ night at the Commissary.

Men had to dress like women to get into the party. There was an inspection at the door. If you didn’t look feminine enough, you didn’t get in, simple as that. Your correspondent barely passed the test; he had borrowed a skirt that was semi-flattering because it covered up a lot, but he only had a man’s white formal shirt for a top. Once Lexy tied it up around his sternum, thus exposing plenty of midsection flesh, he could take his place inside.

I’m told that the Ladies night used to be just that — just for ladies. But some years ago, Coyote and some co-conspirators crashed the bash by dressing up as women. So that started the practice of requiring the DPW crew and others out here early to get their fem on to party.

Here’s a sampling of some snappies from the party last night. More to come.

Domenique, who definitely cleans up nice.
Domenique, who definitely cleans up nice.
monkey boy had his outfit ready welllll ahead of time.
monkey boy had his outfit ready welllll ahead of time.

Niko and Jamie, both from the Center Camp crew
Montreal did some gender-switching too.
Montreal did some gender-switching too.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.

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